One of the north-east’s most exciting cultural events got underway last week with the presentation of the annual BP Fine Art and Design Awards.
The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, a highlight of Aberdeen’s cultural calendar, has been sponsored by BP for the fifteenth year and will showcase work by more than 150 graduating students spanning a variety of disciplines, including painting, 3D design, contemporary art practice, fashion and textiles, communication design and commercial photography.
The 2017 BP Design Award was won by 3D Design student, Anna Younie, whose unique ceramic creations are inspired by her home in Orkney
Anna will receive the specially commissioned BP Design Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.
The BP Fine Art Award was won by Contemporary Art Practice student Jake Shepherd. Jake’s work aims to bring attention to the increasing digitalization within society.
Jake will receive the BP Fine Art Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.
In addition to the main prizes, Sarah Wilson and Tilly Longworth were highly commended in the BP Design Award category, while Christopher Farrell and Jade Gilbert were highly commended in the BP Fine Art category. All commended students will receive a cheque for £250.
Tim Smith, Vice President Communications and External Affairs for BP North Sea, said: “2018 marks 15 years of BP sponsorship of the Gray’s Degree Show and we are proud of our long association with this ever-popular event.
“The Degree Show showcases the very best talent among graduating students and BP would like to congratulate them all and wish them every success in the future.”
Head of Gray’s School of Art, Libby Curtis, said: “Once again we have an extremely rich show planned which will showcase the hard work, creativity and commitment of our artists and designers here at Gray’s.
“The Degree Show is a fantastic celebration of the work of the students, and plays an important role in contributing towards Aberdeen’s varied and continuously developing cultural offering.”
She added: “We are very grateful to BP for its support over the years in helping make the Degree Show into the wonderful occasion that it is. The BP Awards for both Fine Art and Design are a great opportunity for our students and really help recognise and encourage emerging talent in the north-east.”
The 2018 Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, sponsored by BP, will open to the public at RGU’s Garthdee campus on Saturday, June 16 June 24. Entry is free and opening times are Monday to Friday, 8am to 10pm; weekends 10am to 5pm.
by Rob Smith
Press and Media Enquiries